Samsung Pay Is Here, and It Could Be the Best Reason to Get the Galaxy S8

On a trip to the mall late last year, as I got to the checkout kiosk to pay for the clothes I had just bought, I realised I didn’t have my wallet on me. Forced to make the walk back to where I had parked, I envied people living in countries that have had the option to pay with their phones for a few years, and wondered when I would be able to have that luxury too.

Well, that day has come. Samsung Pay launched officially in India on Wednesday, allowing you to simply make payments with your phone – as long as it’s one of six Galaxy devices, including the Galaxy S7, and Galaxy Note 5. If you have one, then all you need to do is get the app, and enter your card details on first run (assuming your account is with one of the supported banks, such as HDFC and ICICI). Voilà! Who knew the future would be so easy?

Of course, India isn’t the only region to get Samsung’s mobile pay service. Samsung Pay launched in Korea in late 2015, before moving to the US a month later. Since then, Samsung Pay has expanded to the likes of Australia, Brazil, China, and Russia. It’s a tiny market right now, overall, but there’s growing competition from all sides, mostly Apple Pay and Android Pay, at least in markets outside India.

Samsung Pay been here slightly longer for more enterprising people, thanks to an early access programme Samsung made available earlier this month. I’ve tried the beta several times during those weeks, and it’s worked flawlessly so far. To be honest, I have had reservations every time I stepped up to the head of the queue, but the only issue has been the curious/ puzzled faces of the people behind the counter.

It is also really easy to use, too. Like Apple Pay, it’s accessible from the lock-screen. Simply swipe from the bottom, and then swipe left or right to pick the desired one. It remembers what you used last time around, so if you frequently make payments with the same card, you’re good to go with one swipe. Then, align your phone’s back with the card reader, and authenticate using your fingerprint/ PIN combination.

Now if I find myself having forgotten my wallet again, all I’d have to do is get my phone out, and I’d have all my cards with me. Soon, the Gear S3 will have it as well, so you won’t need your phone either. Much more importantly, it’d allow me to leave my clunky wallet behind that I hate having to carry in my back-pocket. It’s a constant annoyance when I’m sitting, and I’d be glad to get rid of it.

Samsung Pay Is Here, and It Could Be the Best Reason to Get the Galaxy S8

This won’t be as universal for everyone, as it depends on your lifestyle. Samsung Pay doesn’t work with ATMs, so you’ll still need to carry your card around if you tend to withdraw cash frequently. Fortunately, I live a cash-less life for the most part, and visit the ATM roughly once every three months, so it’s not a bother for me. But that may not work for you. For what it’s worth, Samsung Pay already has Paytm support, and UPI is on its way, so you can use those routes if you prefer.

The biggest concern for most seems to be security, but mobile payments can actually be more secure. For one, card skimming isn’t possible since you don’t need to physically give your card to anyone, and two, like a chip-and-pin card, Samsung Pay only shares a random token with the reader, not the card number. Plus, it also needs your fingerprint/ PIN for authentication, so you don’t have to worry if your phone gets stolen – although the fact that your phone’s been stolen will still be worrisome.

The other problem with digital payments methods is that support can often be limited. Samsung Pay supports both NFC – which is the common standard for mobile payments – and MST (magnetic secure transmission), which works with most existing card readers, as it emulates the presence of a card by wirelessly transmitting, well, magnetic waves. NFC might be the true future of payments, but it’s a future that’s still not here, even in places such as the US. Samsung Pay’s MST feature is essentially a form of backward compatibility, so you can use this method of payments nearly everywhere, though the people working there might themselves be unaware.

For Samsung, this feature is a fantastic trick up its sleeve, as it gives the Korean company a leg up on its competition. By comparison, the other big two – Apple Pay, and Android Pay – will be limited to NFC-equipped readers even when they do make it to India. Samsung then has a clear advantage in that regard, and one that it can leverage to market its smartphones, and peripherals.

With the launch of the Galaxy S8 just around the corner, Samsung Pay looks like a real selling point. No thanks red iPhone, I know which one I want.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 codename “Gr3at” leaks, expected to launch at IFA 2017

Rumours about the Galaxy Note 8 have been rampant in recent months, with the flagship phone believed to get launched  ahead of iPhone 8’s September unveiling. Now, the Note 8’s internal codename has been leaked months ahead of the launch.

According to serial tipster Evan Blass, the Note 8 is actually codenamed ” Samsung Gr3at”. The number 3 in the end might hint at the new features coming to the Note 8, though at this point this is pure speculation. Samsung could be adding new features to the Note 8 and thus codenamed the device “Gr3at”. In the past the Galaxy Note 8 was internally codenamed “Great”.

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It’s hard not to believe that how crucial the Galaxy Note 8 launch will be for Samsung, especially after the Note 7 fiasco. One cannot deny the fact that there will be immense pressure on Samsung to make a better device in the form of the Galaxy Note 8.

While Blass did not reveal any other details about the Note 8 other than the codename. But the phone is rumoured to come with the similar design and specifications as the Galaxy S8, barring a few changes here and there. It’s being said that the Note 8 will have a 6.3-inch QHD ‘Infinity’ display with a resolution of 2960×1440 pixels, and no home button.

The phone will reportedly feature a Snapdragon 835 processor, and it will feature a dual camera setup with a 12-megapixel  wide-angle lens, and a 13-megapixel telephoto lens. A separate report had claimed that the Note 8 was being tested running Android 7.1 Nougat, rather than the beta version of the upcoming Android 8.0 which is Android O.

In April, Samsung itself confirmed its plans to release the follow-up to the ill fated Galaxy Note 7 in the second-half of the year but declined to exactly reveal when the launch would take place. Earlier this week, a report from South Korea had claimed that the Galaxy Note 8 could be launched in mid-August.

But a contradictory report from Sam Mobile suggests that Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy Note 8 at IFA 2017, which kicks off in Berlin on September 1. Samsung traditionally launches a new Galaxy Note device each year at the IFA tech show in Berlin, however, the Note 7 was exception which made its debut in New York in the first week of August.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ Reportedly Receiving Firmware Update, Includes June Security Patch

HIGHLIGHTS

  • New firmware update for Galaxy S8+ said to be rolling out now
  • Brings minor changes to the UI
  • The update includes June security update

Samsung has started rolling out a firmware update to its Galaxy S8+ smartphone in select markets. The new firmware update also brings June Android security patch that was recently released by Google.

Sammobile reports that the new update is now available in India apart from the European market. Samsung Galaxy S8+ users should start receiving the over-the-air notification for the update. As usual, users can also manually check for the update via Settings > About Phone > System Update. The update reportedly comes with software build G955FXXU1AQF7/ G955FOXM1AQF7/ G955FXXU1AQF7 which will differ depending on the region, and is about 450MB in size.

The firmware update for the Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Review) brings minor changes to navigation bar where icons will be added to the left-hand side of the navigation bar, which will now offer more room to users without the bar blocking it. The number of available background colours in navigation bar has been changed as well, and after the update, the background colour will be set to the default colour. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ update changeling also confirms that the update will improve quality of panorama images from Camera. As announced by Google, earlier this month, the June Android security update, which is included in the new firmware update, resolves around 100 issues.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ Reportedly Receiving Firmware Update, Includes June Security Patch

Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy S8 had earlier received a firmware upgrade that included a fix for the red tint display issue that many users had reported.

Last week, Samsung made the Galaxy S8+ variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage available to buy in India. Priced at Rs. 74,900, the variant went on sale via Flipkart.

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Consumer Reports smartphone rankings puts the Galaxy S8+ at the top of the table – and the iPhone 7 plus can only manage FIFTH

In the battle of the smartphones, Samsung reigns supreme.

Consumer Reports has released its smartphone ratings analysis, which had found Galaxy S8+ is the best handset on the market, followed shortly after by its smaller counterpart, the Galaxy S8.

The report cited the devices’ ‘stunning camera, long battery life, and gorgeous display’ as what brought them to the top and beating its rival Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, which placed fifth.

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Consumer Reports has released its smartphone ratings analysis, which had found Galaxy S8+ (left) best handset on the market, followed shortly after by its smaller counterpart, the Galaxy S8 (right)

Consumer Reports has released its smartphone ratings analysis, which had found Galaxy S8+ (left) best handset on the market, followed shortly after by its smaller counterpart, the Galaxy S8 (right)

TOP 5 SMARTPHONES

1. Samsung Galaxy S8+

2. Samsung Galaxy S8

3. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

4.  LG G6

5. iPhone 7 Plus

The findings from Consumer Reports shows the Samsung Galaxy S8+ ranked as the top smartphone, closely followed by the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7 Edge and LG G6.

Samsung had released its long-awaited Galaxy S8 family a few months following its unforgettable Note 7 fiasco – hoping the smartphones would repair its tarnished name.

And it seems that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were in fact the South Korean firm’s saving grace, as the release from Consumer Reports deemed them ‘top dog’ in the industry.

‘If you want a stunning camera, long battery life, and gorgeous display in a water-resistant package, one of these could be the right phone for you,’ Jerry Beilinson withConsumer Reports shared.

‘You just have to be willing to spend the rent money on it: The S8+ starts at about $840, and the S8 at around $720.’

Although it may be hard for some users to believe Samsung was able to take the top spot, Beilinson has attributed the victory to the smartphone’s overhauled design.

The Galaxy S8 duo are without bezels on the side – the each have thin ones located at the top and bottom.

The Consumer Reports Lab had conducted an analysis on the batteries and found the Galaxy S8+ hit 26 hours, and the S8 (pictured) reached 23 hours of talk-time. The team also deemed the smartphones to have the best cameras

The Consumer Reports Lab had conducted an analysis on the batteries and found the Galaxy S8+ hit 26 hours, and the S8 (pictured) reached 23 hours of talk-time. The team also deemed the smartphones to have the best cameras

And although Samsung has been able to create a minimalist look, it is believed to still support a modern and elegant feel.

Another important addition was increasing the size of the screen, but keeping sticking with the same-size device as previous models.

The S8 and S8+ were also designed to be taller and narrower when held in portrait than previous variants – allowing for an easier hold when snapping a selfie.

While typical smartphones have an aspect ratio of 16:9, the new Samsung handsets have an aspect ratio of 18.5:9.

 

Nokia 6 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime vs Vivo V5: Price in India, Specifications Compared

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nokia 6 will be available exclusively through Amazon in India
  • The smartphone will be up for registrations from July 14
  • It has been priced at Rs. 14,999

Nokia 6, priced in India at Rs. 14,999, has been launched in India and you can register for the first sale on Amazon India starting July 14. The smartphone has several factors in its favour, such as the stock Android Nougat experience, big screen, metal body, elegant design and the Nokia brand. However, in the sub-Rs. 15,000 segment, the new Nokia 6 will find some tough competition, such as Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (4GB + 64GB), Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime, and Vivo V5. The aforementioned smartphones are currently available at Rs. 12,999, Rs. 15,050, and Rs. 15,299 respectively in India.

Nokia 6 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime vs Vivo V5: Price in India, Specifications Compared

While the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Vivo V5 smartphones offer more RAM than the Nokia 6, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime comes with same memory but larger battery. If you are confused regarding if Nokia 6 is the right smartphone for you or whether you should pick another model, we will help you figure out if it has other the features to match its competition.

Nokia 6

Nokia 6, the best-specced of the Nokia Android phones released so far, runs Android 7.0 Nougat and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD 2.5D screen with Corning Gorilla Glass protection and a fingerprint sensor right below the display. The smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 430 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. In terms of optics, Nokia 6 comes with a 16-megapixel rear sensor and an 8-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies.

The new Nokia Android phone comes with 32GB inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card up to 128GB. Nokia 6 houses a 3000mAh battery, features a 6000 series aluminium body, and has inbuilt dual speakers and Dolby Atmos support. Connectivity options on the smartphone include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, FM, 3G, and 4G.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

In this price segment, it would be unfair to start with any other smartphone for comparison than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. The Xiaomi smartphone is currently available in India in three variants, 2GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage, 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage, and 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage. As the 4GB RAM variant is closest to Nokia 6 in terms of pricing, available at Rs. 12,999, we will be considering it for the comparison with new Nokia offering.

The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D curved glass IPS display and is powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC. Its rear camera bears a 13-megapixel CMOS sensor equipped with PDAF (phase detection autofocus), an f/2.0 aperture, 77-degree wide angle lens, and dual-tone LED flash. The Redmi Note 4 front camera sports a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, coupled with an 85-degree wide angle lens. Expandable storage is available on the Redmi Note 4 via a hybrid dual-SIM card configuration, supporting microSD cards (up 128GB). The connectivity options on the smartphone include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, Infrared, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G.

 

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

Moving to the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime smartphone, the dual-SIM (Micro-SIM) smartphone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4. It is powered by an octa-core 1.6GHz processor coupled with 3GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, the Galaxy J7 Prime features a 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.9 aperture and LED flash. On the front is an 8-megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture. The smartphone comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). The connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, Micro-USB (with OTG), and a 3.5mm audio jack. It houses a 3300mAh battery and measures 151.5×74.9×8.1mm.

Vivo V5

Vivo V5 is a selfie-focused smartphone, and its highlight is its 20-megapixel front camera that is accompanied by a ‘Moonlight Glow’ light meant to improve low-light photography. It bears an f/2.0 aperture, a Sony IMX376 sensor, and a 5P lens. It also bears a 13-megapixel rear camera with a single-LED flash and PDAF.

The dual-SIM (hybrid dual-SIM configuration) Vivo V5 smartphone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, sports a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display, and is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone comes with 32GB of built-in storage, which is expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card. The connectivity options on the V5 include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G. It houses a 3000mAh battery.

Now that you know more about Nokia 6 and its competition, it is fairly clear that the competition offers some powerful specs in comparison to the smartphone. However, the real choice you will have to make is whether you are ready to compromise on specs offered on sheets for the nostalgia factor. We will learn more about Nokia 6 and its performance in the coming days and let you know in our review if the smartphone is worth the wait or not

NOKIA 6 VS VIVO V5 VS SAMSUNG GALAXY J7 PRIME VS XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 4 COMPARISON

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Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
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GENERAL
Alternate names Six
Release date January 2017 November 2016 September 2016 August 2016
Dimensions (mm) 154.00 x 75.80 x 7.85 153.80 x 75.50 x 7.55 151.50 x 74.90 x 8.10 151.00 x 76.00 x 8.30
Weight (g) 167.00 154.00 167.00 175.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3000 3000 3300 4100
Removable battery No No No No
Colours Arte Black, Matte Black, Tempered Blue, Silver, Copper Crown Gold, Grey Gold, Black Gold, Grey, Matte Black
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 5.50 5.50 5.50 5.50
Resolution 1080×1920 pixels 720×1280 pixels 1080×1920 pixels 1080×1920 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 403 401 401
HARDWARE
Processor 1.1GHz octa-core 1.5GHz octa-core 1.6GHz octa-core 2GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor MediaTek MT6750 Exynos 7870 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM 3GB 4GB 3GB 4GB
Internal storage 32GB 32GB 16GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 128 128 256 128
CAMERA
Rear camera 16-megapixel 13-megapixel 13-megapixel 13-megapixel
Flash Yes Yes Yes Yes
Front camera 8-megapixel 20-megapixel 8-megapixel 5-megapixel
SOFTWARE
Operating System Android 7.0 Android 6.0.1 Android 6.0 Android 6.0
Skin FunTouch 2.6 MIUI 8
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.10 Yes, v 4.00 Yes, v 4.10 Yes, v 4.10
NFC Yes No No No
Number of SIMs 2 2 2 2
SIM1
SIM Type Micro-SIM Nano-SIM Micro-SIM
4G/LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM2
SIM Type Micro-SIM Nano-SIM Micro-SIM
4G/LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SENSORS
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes Yes No No
Proximity sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes No Yes
Gyroscope Yes No No Yes
Barometer No No No No
Temperature sensor No No No No

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro, Galaxy J7 Max Launched in India: Price, Specifications, and Features

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max is priced at Rs. 17,900
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is priced at Rs. 20,900
  • Both the smartphones will be available via offline stores

Samsung has unveiled two new ‘J’  series smartphones, the Galaxy J7 Max and Galaxy J7 Pro, at an event in New Delhi. The South Korean giant has teamed up with Reliance Jio to offer up to 120GB of additional data to buyers of the Galaxy J7 Pro and Galaxy J7 Max. The former comes with Samsung Pay service seen on the likes of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, while the latter includes a new service that Samsung is calling Samsung Pay Mini.Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro, Galaxy J7 Max Launched in India: Price, Specifications, and Features

The Galaxy J7 Pro and Galaxy J7 Max sport a slim metal unibody design with no bezel on the left and right edges of the smartphone. There is a Home Button in the front with the fingerprint scanner underneath. The volume keys are on the left edge while the power button sits on the right edge of the smartphones. Both the smartphones come in Gold and Black colour options.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro, Galaxy J7 Max price in India, release date
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max and the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro are priced at Rs. 17,900 and Rs. 20,900 respectively. The phones will be available via offline retail and Samsung’s online store, with the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max going on sale from June 20, while the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro will be made available sometime in mid-July. Both the smartphones come in Gold and Black colour options.

Samsung Pay Mini
Samsung Pay Mini, which makes its debut with the Galaxy J7 Max, is a toned-down version of the Samsung Pay mobile payments standard. It is meant for phones that do not have in-built NFC. It doesn’t work with regular swiping machines for ’tap and pay’ offline payments, but supports mobile wallets and UPI for online payments.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max specifications
Coming to the specifications, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and sports a 5.7-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. It is powered by a MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The storage is further expandable via a microSD card slot as well.

 

As for optics, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max packs a 13-megapixel rear and front sensors with f/1.7 aperture and f/1.9 aperture respectively, and flash support on both ends. There’s also a smart glow mode around the rear camera that gives you alerts for notifications when they arrive. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max packs a 3300mAh battery, and connectivity options include LTE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth support. The smartphone is only 8.1mm thick.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro specifications
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Super AMOLED display, and is powered by an Exynos 7870 octa-core SoC paired with 3GB of RAM. It offers 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded using a microSD card (up to 128GB). The smartphone packs a 3600mAh battery and is IP54 certified for being splash proof. It supports dual-SIM slots, USB Type-C port, and 4G LTE. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is 7.9mm thick.samsung galaxy j7 pro ndtv 143917 133909 1242 Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro

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octa-core

Front Camera

13-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3600mAh

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    Rs. 19,999
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    Rs. 19,990
Samsung Galaxy J7 Max

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max

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5.70-inch

Processor

octa-core

Front Camera

13-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3300mAh

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    Rs. 18,990
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    Rs. 16,998
  • SAMSUNG Galaxy J7 Prime (Gold, 32GB) – OFFER
    Rs. 16,900

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 With Dual Rear Cameras Tipped to Launch Mid-August

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Galaxy Note 7 was also launched mid-August last year
  • Samsung is reportedly working on three different camera modules
  • The smartphone is expected to feature Infinity display

The successful launch and sales of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones seems to have boosted Samsung’s confidence as the company has now been tipped to launch its Galaxy Note 8 smartphone around mid-August. Separately, the details about the dual rear camera setup on the smartphone have also been leaked.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 With Dual Rear Cameras Tipped to Launch Mid-August

First talking about the tipped launch timeline, as per a report by South Korean publication The Bell, the South Korean conglomerate is said to be launching the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 flagship ahead of IFA event in September, which was earlier the launching ground for Note series smartphones until last year’s Galaxy Note 7. Notably, the company was earlier expected to delay the launch of its upcoming Note flagship as rushing the launch of Galaxy Note 7 last year resulted in faulty batteries that caused explosion cases associated with the smartphone. The company has reportedly kept the same timeline for launch as last year to get a headstart ahead of iPhone 8 launch. As Apple might have a few tricks up its sleeves at the launch event this year, this cannot be termed as a bad move.

Moving to the leak about Galaxy Note 8’s dual camera setup, a Weibo tipster has suggested that the smartphone will feature two 13-megapixel sensors at the back, as pointed out in a report by Phones Daily. Further, the tipster has mentioned that the company is working on three different dual camera modules. While Samsung Galaxy C10 has already been spotted featuring dual camera setup in different renders, we might have to wait to figure out the reference of the third dual camera setup.

 

To recall, well-known KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously suggested that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will feature a dual camera setup with a 12-megapixel sensor and a 13-megapixel sensor.

Recently, reports suggested that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be the first smartphone to feature Snapdragon 836 processor. Earlier leaks have suggested that the smartphone will come with a 6.3-inch Infinity display and run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is also said to pack 6GB of RAM, and offer up to 256GB of storage.

While earlier there were rumours of an integrated fingerprint scanner under the display, Samsung reportedly ditched the plans due to concerns regarding security of this feature.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max, J7 Pro Launched, OnePlus 5 Price Leak, Reliance Jio Growth Slows, and More: Your 360 Daily

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max and J7 Pro run Android Nougat
  • OnePlus 5 might cost $479 (about Rs. 30,800)
  • Reliance Jio added 3.87 million new subscribers in April

Samsung launched two mid-range Android phones in its J-series on Wednesday in New Delhi. They are called the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max, which costs Rs. 17,900, and the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro, which comes in at Rs. 20,900. While the former will be available June 20, the latter won’t go on sale until mid-July, weirdly. Both run the latest Android 7.0 Nougat underneath. Samsung has partnered with Reliance Jio to offer up to 120GB of additional data. Both phones also have Samsung Pay digital payments service, though it’s scaled down as Samsung Pay Mini (no card functionality) on Galaxy J7 Max, since it doesn’t have NFC capability.

In terms of specifications, Samsung Galaxy J7 Max gives you a 5.7-inch full-HD display, powered by a MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor, with 4GB RAM. It has 32GB internal storage, which is expandable via microSD card. The phone has a 13-megapixel rear (f/1.7) and front (f/1.9) camera, with flash on both ends as well. There’s a 3,300mAh battery inside. The Galaxy J7 Pro, on the other hand, has a 5.5-inch full-HD Super AMOLED display, powered by an Exynos 7870 octa-core SoC, with 3GB RAM. It has 64GB internal storage, which is expandable via microSD card. The phone has the same camera and flash setup. There’s a 3,600mAh battery inside.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max, J7 Pro Launched, OnePlus 5 Price Leak, Reliance Jio Growth Slows, and More: Your 360 Daily

OnePlus 5 price, specifications leaked once again
Less than a week ahead of its global launch, the OnePlus 5 has faced more leaks. This time, it’s the price, specifications, and pictures of the new flagship from the Chinese manufacturer. According to a blog, the OnePlus 5 will start at $479 (about Rs. 30,800). In India, the phone is expected to start from Rs. 32,999 for the base variant. Meanwhile, registrations for the phone have been opened on Chinese ecommerce website JD.com. If you register, you’ll be able to take part in a flash sale on June 22, the listing says.

The same website also provided the specifications and images, which show that the OnePlus 5 will indeed look similar to the iPhone 7 Plus in terms of its design, and rear camera setup. It will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat on a 5.5-inch full-HD display, with two RAM options: 6GB and 8GB. OnePlus has already confirmed the presence of Snapdragon 835, so there’s no point debating about that. The OnePlus 5’s camera setup will most likely have a 20-megapixel f/2.6 and 16-megapixel f/1.7 sensors on the back, and a 16-megapixel sensor on the front. The phone is also said to have a 3,300mAh battery.

Reliance Jio’s growth was slowest in April
According to TRAI data, Reliance Jio experienced its slowest growth in April, though its numbers were ahead of all competitors. It added 3.87 million new subscribers to take its total up to 112.55 million, with Airtel (2.85m), BSNL (0.81m), and Vodafone (0.75m) following behind. The total number of telecom subscribers in India now stands at 1198.89 million, after an increase of 4.31 million over March.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will reportedly launch mid-August
Samsung isn’t shying away from the Note brand after last year’s Note 7 debacle, with the Galaxy Note 8 expected to arrive mid-August, as per a new report. A launch in that month would give it a head start on the iPhone, something Samsung has always been keen on with its Note series.

Meanwhile, a tipster on Weibo has revealed the Galaxy Note 8 will have a dual camera setup on the back. Some section of the consumers were disappointed with the lack of rear camera upgrade on the Galaxy S8/ S8+, and it seems Samsung is happy to oblige with the upcoming new smartphone.

LG G6 now available at Rs. 38,990 in India
LG’s latest flaghship – the LG G6 – arrived in India at the tail end of April, and it’s already seeing interesting price drops. The phone is now available at a Rs. 13,000 discount, which puts the price of LG G6 at Rs. 38,9990. There are two caveats though: only Amazon Prime members can avail the offer, and it’s only applicable to Ice Platinum and Astro Black colour options. There are a couple of other offers as well – for Bajaj Finance card owners, and Reliance Jio extra data – which you can check out here.

Intel invests Rs. 1,100 crore in Bengaluru R&D centre
Intel is putting in Rs. 1,100 crore with its upcoming Bengaluru R&D centre, the company’s India GM Nivruti Rai said in a press conference on Wednesday. Set on an eight-acre campus in the city’s south-east suburbs, it’s also expected to add 3,000 jobs over the next year and a half. This is in addition to the $2 billion (roughly Rs. 12,852 crores) Intel has already invested until 2016.

Google hires Apple chip architect to help with Pixel
Google is looking to drive up its in-house product innovation, and it has hired Apple’s long-time chip architect Manu Gulati to do just that. Gulati announced the job change publicly on his LinkedIn profile on Tuesday, stating that he now works as Google’s “Lead SoC Architect”. He has over 27 years of experience in the industry.

One of the biggest reasons for iPhone’s success is the home-grown nature of its chips, something Samsung has started to emulate with its own Exynos line. Google had earlier shown interest in doing so, and Gulati’s hiring shows that it’s very much on that path now. Expect the Pixel phones to have Google’s home-made chip designs in the near future.

Meanwhile, a leak discovered by 9To5Google and Android Police’s sources have revealed that the Pixel 2 might be manufactured by LG. The nitty-gritty has to do with a bug entry filed by an LG employee for a device codenamed Taimen, which seems to be the internal name for Pixel XL successor. If you didn’t already know, HTC made the first Pixel line.

Instagram’s Archive feature now rolling out to everyone
Instagram’s Archive feature, which lets you store away previously-shared photos to a private section, is now rolling out to all users worldwide. Think of it as Facebook’s “Only Me” setting, which means you don’t have to delete something if you’d rather just hide it from everyone. To access it, you’ll need the latest 10.21 version of the Instagram app, on Android and iOS.

IRCTC offers Rs. 50 cashback for mVisa payments
As part of a digital payment promotion running till September 4, IRCTC is offering Rs. 50 cashback to travellers who use the new mVisa payment option. To do so, you’ll need to first get the mVisa app on your smartphone, link your Visa debit/credit card, and then scan the mVisa QR code on the IRCTC website.

Uber CEO takes indefinite leave, and Yahoo CEO steps down after Verizon takeover
Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick has decided to take time away from the company, after a months-long internal investigation pointed out the various flaws in Uber’s work culture. In an email to staff, he said he needed to become a better leader to run the highly-valued Silicon Valley startup.

Meanwhile, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer ended her five-year reign after her position was made redundant due to Verizon’s completion of its takeover of the once Internet giant. She will receive a compensation package estimated to be worth about $125 million (roughly Rs. 804 crores).